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Our guidance counselors, Mrs. Kristen Peterec, Mrs. Alison Mitchell and Mrs. Cortney Jones, serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement.  Guidance counselors support a safe learning environment, promote student achievement, and address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program.

Kristen Peterec has been at ACE since it first opened in 2014.  She serves as the Dean of Guidance and works with students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 9th through 11th.  Prior to coming to ACE, she worked as a high school counselor for 12 years, taught junior high social studies for three years, and worked as an elementary counselor for three years.  She can be reached at or at 478-238-5687.


Alison Smaha Mitchell is our other School Guidance Counselor. She received a B.S. degree in Psychology from Mercer & GCSU. She began working as a case manager at the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services in the Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Training Units where she worked for six years. She then obtained her Special Education Certification and taught at Westside High School for six years. Mrs. Mitchell completed her Masters in School Guidance and Counseling at the University of West Alabama. She began counseling at Monroe County Middle School and three years later she was re-united  with Laura Perkins and Esterine Stokes at the Academy for Classical Education in 2014. She is currently counseling students in grades 3rd through 8th. She can be reached at or 478-238-5696.



Mission of the Guidance Department and the Counselors


The mission of the ACE Guidance Department is to guide, encourage, support, and motivate all students to achieve academic, personal/social and career success that will lead them to become lifelong learners and independent adults.


The mission of the ACE counselors, in collaboration with the administration, staff, and community, is to guide students in a manner that will help them become successful socially, emotionally, and academically.



Vision of the Guidance Department and the Counselors


The vision of the ACE Guidance Department is to remove barriers that interfere with the academic, social, personal, and career success of all students.


The vision of the ACE counselors is to guide students so that they will have the knowledge to remove any barriers in their path to success.



Role of the counselors


As counselors, Mrs. Peterec, Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Jones handle crisis intervention, work with students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom setting.  They work to help all students develop the skills they need to advocate for themselves emotionally, socially, and academically.  Additionally, they meet with parents and teachers to help with questions about their student’s developmental levels. They coordinate the 504 and help supervise the Response to Intervention (RtI) Programs at the school.